Proofpoint Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, California

Staff Software Engineer

Location:Sunnyvale, CA


Company Overview

At Proofpoint, we have a passion for protecting people, data, and brands from today’s advanced threats and compliance risks. We hire the best people in the business to:

  • Build and enhance our proven security platform

  • Blend innovation and speed in a constantly evolving cloud architecture

  • Analyze new threats and offer deep insight through data-driven intel

  • Collaborate with customers to help solve their toughest security challenges

We are singularly devoted to helping our customers protect what matters most. That’s why we’re a leader in next-generation cybersecurity—and why more than half of the Fortune 100 trust us as a security partner.

The Role

As a Staff Software Engineer for the Threat Intelligence Engineering team, you will work with high caliber teams to make the vision come true for Proofpoint. The right person will have a passion for development and have helped to build highly scalable cloud applications. You have an eagerness to learn and pick new technologies as required. You have no problems questioning status quo and can convince/mentor the team to think differently. You believe that code not complete until it has been fully tested by you. You thrive in a fast-paced, agile environment comfortable with changes in direction. You can help figure out the difference between what your consumers want versus what they really need.

Your day-to-day

  • As the senior member of the Threat Intelligence Engineering team, you will be working closely with cross functional teams

  • Mentor junior engineers in the team, recommend suitable technologies, be a role model for engineering best practices

  • You can independently analyze requirements, design and build scalable products with 24x7 availability

What you bring to the team

  • Bachelors degree or above in Computer Science

  • 10+ years of experience in large scale software development

  • Strong problem solving skills with entrepreneurial attitude.

  • Experience with Kafka, Elastic Search

  • Good understanding of data structures and algorithms

  • Have built systems at scale in the past and is very comfortable dealing with millions and billions of requests.

  • Good understanding of database concepts both in the SQL(Mysql) and NoSQL(Cassandra) world

  • Be able to design and code - clean, elegant web services in Java

  • In-depth understanding of running production service with 24/7 support, monitoring.

  • Able to act as an independent technical lead on complex projects collaborating well with the team

  • Excellent communication skills#

Why Proofpoint

As a customer focused and driven-to-win organization with leading edge products, there are many exciting reasons to join the Proofpoint team. We believe in hiring the best the brightest and cultivating a culture of collaboration and appreciation. As we continue to grow and expand globally, we understand that hiring the right people and treating them well is key to our success! We are a multi-national company with locations in 10 countries, with each location contributing to Proofpoint’s amazing culture!


Proofpoint is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

Proofpoint does not accept unsolicited resumes from external recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Recruitment Services Agreement, Proofpoint will not consider or agree to payment of any recruiter or agency fee. In the event a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, Proofpoint explicitly reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency.